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Nebraska welcomes immigrants: Several billboards appeared in Omaha, Fremont, Grand Island and Lexington

OMAHA, Nebraska — Through billboards in Fremont, Grand Island, Lexington, and South Omaha, Nebraska’s immigrant populations will be informed that we all have rights and that we all belong.

The messages are part of a recently launched campaign by the Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Through the remainder of the year, billboards featuring messages in Arabic, English, Mandarin, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese will be exhibited, according to the ACLU. There are advertisements on Fiesta 94.5 and Lobo 97.7. At community gatherings, employees have also distributed multilingual information on immigrant rights.

The ad directs individuals to a part of the local ACLU’s website for information about housing, workplace, and police and immigration issues.

Rose Godinez, senior legal and policy counsel for the ACLU, stated that the goal is to make immigrants in Nebraska feel welcome and informed.

“Immigrant Nebraskans must recognize that they are integral to the fabric of our communities and that their rights must be respected and protected,” said Godinez. We will continue to ensure that all 140,000 immigrants who call Nebraska home feel truly at home and that they are aware that the ACLU of Nebraska is committed to ensuring they feel safe and valued.

Immigrant rights are a key priority for the Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. In recent years, the civil rights organization has investigated language accessibility in police departments, advocated for increased pandemic aid for immigrants, published a report on case law affecting local immigrants, and filed a lawsuit for access to Department of Homeland Security records on a Nebraska immigration raid.

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